Karat, Omar discuss political developments

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New Delhi, Jul 10 (UNI) With small parties gaining sudden prominance in view of the impending Vote of Confidence in Parliment after the Manmohan Singh government was reduced to a minority, National Conference chief Omar Abdulla held discussions with the CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat here today.

During the half-an-hour one to one meeting at CPI(M) headqaurters A K Gopalan Bhawan, Mr Karat is said to have explained to Mr Abdullah the Left's position and the grounds of their withdrawing support to the 50-month-old government.

Mr Karat impressed upon the NC chief that the latter should side with the opponents of the Indo-US nuclear deal for the sake of country's independent foreign policy and self-relience in the energy sector.

Mr Abdullah told the Marxist leader that he would come back to him after weighing the arguments of External Affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee who also apprised him of the government's viewpoint.

Meanwhile, new poltcial groupings and alliances are in the making following the Samajwadi Party's decision to support to the nuke deal and the Left parties parting ways with the ruling coalition over their stand-off with it over the same.

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